Trump Administration Moves to Kill Challenge to Steel Duties

April 4, 2019, 3:44 PM

A constitutional challenge to President Donald Trump’s “national security” tariffs on steel from Turkey should be thrown out, the Justice Department told a federal court April 3.

Whether imposing such tariffs would protect the nation’s security is a question that’s totally within the president’s discretion and his decision isn’t subject to review by the courts, the administration told the U.S. Court of International Trade.

President Trump imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel imports from around the globe in March 2018. He invoked Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows the president to restrict imports if he...

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